Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, is a large sandstone rock formation in the middle of Australia. It is in the Northern Territory. The rock is sacred to the aboriginal people of the area. The rock formation stands 348 meters high and has a total circumference of 9.4 kilometers.
How to get there?
- Ayers Rock airport, also known as Connellan Airport, (situated in Yulara) is the nearest airport.
- There are two flights per day that run between Sydney and Ayers Rock. The providers are Jetstar and Virgin Australia.
Where to stay?
- There are plenty of options to stay at Ayers Rock starting from AUD 190 to AUD 400 for 1 room accomodating 2 adults.
- The budgeted option is the YHA Ayers Rock, also known as Outback Pioneer Lodge.
Things to do
Even though Ayers Rock is in the middle of nowhere, it is surprising to see the things that it offers.
- Sunset at Uluru – I would definitely recommend doing the sunset. A glass of wine and watching the Sun go down with the background of this huge sacred rock – Something to die for! They say that the rock changes its colours depending on when the Sun is aligned. Read “Changing colours of the big sacred rock!” for more pictures.
- Hike in the Kings Canyon – The views at the top are breathtaking. A definitely a must do for all the hikers. Read “The red rocky walls – Kings Canyon it is!” for my travel story and experience.
- View the Milky Way and shooting stars – This is my most favourite experience in Uluru. There is absolutely no light pollution and I had never seen so many stars in my life. Its spectacular. Read “Glittering dots and dust in the sky…” for my experience.
- Field of light – Around 50k glass lights illuminate the spritual rock. This is a night tour which runs half an hour after the sunset.
- Visit Kata Tjuta – Also known as The Olgas, this 36 domed heads rock is taller than Uluru. This is also home for one of the best walks – “Valley of the Winds”.
- Visit Talinguru Nyakunytjaku – This is a place to look from the sand dunes. It provides amazing views of Uluru and Kata Tjuta.
- Eat at the open air restaurant – Sounds of Silence or Tali Wiru are the open air restaurants. Even though on the expensive side (ranging from around AUD 200 to AUD 450), the visit to the Red Centre is definitely not complete without having the delicious food at these restaurants.
- Walks – There are some amazing walks around in the national parks. More information can be found on the website – parksaustralia.gov.au/uluru.